reply to post by anxietydisorder
We(Greek Orthodox) don't have a 'Blessing of the animals', but as they are Gods creatures, we should treat all animals with kindness and love, as
they are to, part of Gods creation.
An interesting fact.....once one becomes a Priest, he is not allowed to 'spill' blood.......eg/go hunting or take part in any ritual involving
animal sacrifice, be it for food or sport(sport hunting is forbidden).
(*EDIT AND ADDED*)Likewise a Monk .....is forbidden to eat Flesh of animal as he has taken the responsibility to pray for all mankind and do the work
of God,In prayer and in Fasting!
It is not about self, it is about all of mankind....a Monk.
As far as I have read.....an animal possesses a soul but not as Humans do...
Humans have a Soul and Spirit, while an animal has a 'soul'..derived from the earth, like all living creatures.
“And dust will return to the Earth as it was,
but the spirit will return to God who gave it” (12:7).
God gave Adam “the breath of life” (Genesis 2:7)
According to the Bible Scriptures/Man has A body...For dust thou art, thou dust you shall return(Gen 3:19)
A soul.....life force of a man...And God said:Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life..great whales,and every living
creature that moveth..cattle, and creeping thing,and beast of the earth..after his kind:and it was so..(Gen 1:20-24).....
And of man?
A Spirit.....the Lord breathed into his nostrils the breath of Life;and man became a living soul.(Gen 2:7)
As far as I know, blessings of the animals is not done in an Orthodox Church.
I guess to have a child say a prayer is not a bad thing in Gods eyes, It was God who created the animals to be taken care of by man, but ..... the
fall of man changed nature from its 'original' all good state, to what we know of it today.
(*EDIT AND ADDED*)See above...
[edit on 1/15/2008 by helen670]